Scranton's Annual Day of Giving

May 6, 2023 marked our 9th Annual Day of Giving, a 24-hour event that creates a lifetime of impact. Our University-wide community of alumni, parents, students, friends, faculty, and staff came together once again to give back and celebrate what they care about at Scranton. Click here to see the results!

 We're Counting the Days to 5.06

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students and everyone who will be touched by their work. It's a great day to be a Royal!

Make Your 5.06 Gift Today

See All Of This Year's Videos at 5.06 Video Central

More About 5.06

Spotlight Programs

Click on a spotlight program below to learn more.

Dr. Jack Beidler Memorial Scholarship - $25,000 Challenge Match

Opening Doors Scholarship - $25,000 Challenge Match

Athletics Team Challenge - $5,000 Team Challenge

Search Retreat

Brian Musto Memorial Scholarship

Center for Service and Social Justice

Dr. Michael DeMichele, Ph.D. ’63 Scholarship

Ellen Casey Honors Program Research Award 

Judy Hashem Shea ’85 Memorial Scholarship 

Matthew Reavy Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship

Medical Alumni Council (MAC)

Mock Trial Team

Nursing Department

Performance Music

Pre-Law Endowment

Recreational Sports

Royal Experience Internship Program

Ryan O'Malley '99 Memorial Scholarship

Sara Farrell Hutchison ’08 Memorial Scholarship

Sports Analytics & Communications Club

The Royal Fund

THR1VE (1st generation Royals)

Vinson Endowment for Summer Thesis Research in Chemistry

Weinberg Memorial Library

Donor Challenges

$25,000 Challenge Match - Opening Doors Scholarship
Join Betsy and Jim Slattery '86, former Chair, Board of Trustees, as they match gifts up to $25,000! Your gift to The Opening Doors Scholarship Fund will provide financial aid for students seeking to enroll at The University of Scranton from the Cristo Rey Network of High Schools, from Arrupe College, and from other institutions with a similar mission. It will assist those students with any unmet financial needs after all other sources of financial aid and scholarship have been determined, allowing them a fully-funded Scranton education.

$25,000 Challenge Match - Dr. Jack Beidler Memorial Scholarship
Thanks to an anonymous donor, gifts of up to $25,000 will be matched up until midnight on May 6. Dr. Jack Beidler served as a professor at Scranton for more than 50 years. He joined the faculty in 1964, teaching in mathematics as well as the Computing Sciences Department, which he co-founded in 1970 with support from the National Science Foundation for the purchase of equipment, making Scranton one of the first Jesuit computer science programs in the country. He was interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on a few occasions, and has, in some manner, contributed to the success of 1200+ alumni. At the time of his retirement, he was the longest-tenured professor.

After Dr. Beidler's passing in December 2021, his children, Ann Beidler Nicastro '85, John Beidler '87, Andrew Beidler '89 and Kate Beidler Reager '00, decided to endow a scholarship in his memory that will aid incoming Computer Science majors.

$5,000 Athletics Team Challenge

Each year, nearly 400 students participate in intercollegiate athletics at Scranton, proudly representing our school and community. Our goal is to provide our students, coaches and teams with a truly transformative experience that is reflective of our Jesuit identity. For the Athletics Team Challenge, coaches and student-athletes compete to win $5,000 in additional gifts for their team by collecting the most donors by midnight on 5.06. Click here to support your team!

$5,000 is on the line for the Athletics Team Challenge

 $1,000 Challenge Match - Vinson Endowment for Research in Chemistry
When the Vinson Endowment reaches 25 donors, the Medical Alumni Council Executive Committee will unlock an additional $1,000 to support student research! To secure the future of summer research for thesis students, Dr. Vinson initiated The Joe A. Vinson Ph.D. Endowment for Summer Thesis Research in Chemistry. With this important investment, Dr. Vinson’s legacy will continue to enrich the lives of students well beyond our years and for the life of this great University. Currently, we have reached one milestone by raising $50,000 for undergraduate research, and the ultimate goal is to exceed $100,000, raising an additional $50,000 for graduate research.







Virtual 5.06K

Register for the Virtual 5.06K 

Your participation in the Virtual 5.06K counts you as one of the University's 9th Annual Day of Giving donors. To add your team name and print your bib, click here. Edit the PDF to reflect your team name (or leave it blank if you're participating on your own) and wear it as you exercise from home anytime, in any way, between Saturday, April 29 and Saturday, May 6.

When you do, take a picture and e-mail it to  and share it on your social media channels using the hashtag #GiveToScrantON506. Encourage your friends to join you by sharing the link: Scranton.edu/506.

Spread the Word

Demonstrate how proud you are to be a Royal!

  • Add the 5.06 Facebook profile frame! Click here for the image.
  • Share our 5.06 social media posts throughout the day! We’ll be posting updates, videos, and photos, so be sure you are following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Make a gift in any amount and encourage your personal network of friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. You can post an “I give because…” message on social media that will inspire others to join you in making a difference for Scranton students. Be sure to use the hashtag #GivetoScrantON506 and direct them to scranton.edu/506.
  • Make it more personal – send emails or texts to friends and family to create excitement about 5.06 and to encourage support for what you care about most at Scranton. 
  • Wear your favorite Scranton apparel or the color purple on the days leading up to 5.06. You might be surprised to learn who else is affiliated with The University of Scranton in your everyday circles. This is the perfect way to start talking about 5.06. Go one step further and take a picture in your Scranton apparel. Add it to your 5.06 posts, emails or texts, with #GivetoScrantON506.

Not sure where to start? Here are some sample messages:

Scranton’s Day of Giving is almost here! I hope you’ll join me in making a difference in the lives of Scranton students! Visit Scranton.edu/506 to show your support. P.S. You can make your gift early; it will be counted toward the totals!

Today is The University of Scranton’s 9th Annual Day of Giving, and I’m supporting _____________  (include 1-2 sentences on how important the area that you’re supporting is to you). Will you join me? I want to help ensure that future Royals have the same wonderful experience that I did. #GivetoScrantON506

Scranton’s Day of Giving is finally here! Let’s show how proud we are to be Royals! I hope you’ll join me in supporting an area of the Scranton experience that is most meaningful to you—scholarships, athletics, student initiatives, or whatever it may be. There are some exciting donor challenges that can unlock additional funding, so it’s the perfect opportunity to make a greater impact!

5.06 is finally here! There is no doubt that campus is buzzing with Royal pride today. Let's share our excitement and support from afar and make this Day of Giving the best one yet! #GivetoScrantON506

Sticker Sheet for 5.06 Donors

When you make your 5.06 gift, we'll send you Scranton stickers as a token of our appreciation for your support!

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